Homestays are the new way to travel. For the uninitiated i.e. the noobs, homestays are basically a new style of accommodation, where people let out a room or their entire apartment to those travelling to their side of the world. If you go to Airbnb (World’s largest Home-stay rental website) and go through their properties, they’ll more than surprise you. Homestays aren’t just about finding a bed to crash in, but also finding the most unique and cool places to stay. Of seeing a new city or country, from right in the middle, rather than the distant balconies high up from a hotel.
Be it the location, the place or the fact that they just scream “unique”. Tripoto brings you glimpses of homestays on Airbnb that take the concept to a whole new level.
1. A Treehouse Odyssey - St. Keverne, United Kingdom
Who doesn’t love tree-houses? Embrace the coziness of this arboreal hideaway, perfectly perched in a seaside town of the Cornwall countryside.
2. St. Pancras Clock Tower Guest Suite – Greater London, United Kingdom
A room of one’s own, atop a clock tower. Part of the St. Pancras Station building, built in the 1860s, its age is visible in the delightful wood and brick interiors of the apartment. And it has a library too. Now, if I just had all the time in the world.
3. Wild West Revival - Morongo Valley, California
Holy cowboy! Its a horse ranch! Forget Disneyland, this is the happiest and cool place on earth. In addition to hosting you, this ranch also provides shelter to rescued animals. True-blue American hospitality, with a side of rodeo!
4. Strolling the Italian countryside - Brindisi, Italy
Culture, tradition and a picturesque rural landscape come together in this little piece of heaven. This traditional Trullo is the perfect hideaway to experience the rustic flavors of Italy . Imagine waking up here to the smell of olives and espresso. Sigh! This one is one hell of a cool places to stay in.
5. Houseboat/Péniche Under the Eiffel Tower – Paris, France
A houseboat on one of River Seine’s most picturesque piers – Port de Suffren, with beautiful views of the city, the Eiffel Tower from the banks. Could there be a better way to enjoy la vie parisienne?
6. An Ancient British Castle - South Stainmore, Kirkby Stephen, United Kingdom
In the introduction, the place is described as “built in 1841 as a Victorian gentlemen’s folly”, it really doesn’t get more British than that! But apart from its genesis, this cool place is downright lovely, and sure to leave you gobsmacked!
7. A Traditional Korean Home - Seoul, South Korea
A traditional home-stay to perfectly kick-off your South Korean adventure. This home is complete with silk and Hanji doors, vernacular furniture, a courtyard and all modern amenities, including pocket WIFI for guests. Needless to say, Koreans are proud of their culture and fond of technology.
8. A Sleeping Barrel- Ostbevern, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Going to Germany always involves varying plans which invariably include some version of emptying barrels. Book this place, and you can sleep in one . Before you ask where did they put the precious stuff from inside, let me tell you they have a bar too.
9. Luxury 16th Century Fenton Tower - Dirleton, United Kingdom
I know I already did a castle, but damn is this place amazing! Located in the most idyllic British countryside, and not to mention you’ll be staying in a castle all for yourself, you could finally enjoy being a gentleman of leisure for a few weeks!
10. Troglodyte House - Tours Centre, France
So we’ve had our castles, and now its time for beauty that lies away from opulence. These cave homes hewn into the rock are a part of a heritage as old as the castles themselves, and equally beautiful though a lot more charming!
11. House On The Lake - Anfo, Lombardy, Italy
An old country house made of pine wood, this place is situated on the slopes overlooking the Idro Lake. For so many of us landlocked creatures, living beside a waterbody would be a retirement plan for quite a few. Staying in one, albeit for a few days, in relative isolation, is a good way to get a taste of our dreams.